Facebook Support Group Guidelines

Group Purpose:


Promoting collaboration! The purpose of this group is to encourage confidence in expressive arts facilitation practices. All posts that are in alignment with this core purpose are welcome. 


Please note: This not a forum for designation debates and competency questions. 




This is a support group for the encouragement and cross-pollination of peers from all stages of practice in expressive arts facilitation. Welcome! 


Ten years ago, as an artist in health care, I started facilitating expressive art groups intuitively. I earned my designations much later. I would have loved a support group such as this, as I often felt alone in my questions.


No Self-Promotion


The main purpose of this group is to encourage confidence in arts facilitation practices. All posts that are in alignment with this core purpose are welcome.


This is not group for student/client recruitment for your own business. Please do not advertise your arts, therapy and coaching programs to members in our main support group feed. All self-promotional posts will be removed. After repeated self-promotional postings, you will be removed from the group.


Please contain your business advertisements, free promotional materials, FB "Like" Pages within relevant conversation threads, and on the monthly bulletin board. 


Free Group Support for Your Arts Facilitation Practice


This peer learning group is for expressive arts facilitators of all backgrounds and experience. I warmly invite intuitively-led and formally educated arts facilitators to share knowledge and experiences in a way that is encouraging and inclusive.


Please Introduce Yourself


As means of introduction, please personally share a personal note about your facilitation process or style, along with your general website address. Please do not use your introduction as a way to advertise or market your courses or services to the group.


Contributing vs. Selling: I invite you to participate in the daily conversations, and continue to share your art programs, services and links as they relate and contribute to group learning in the conversation threads. 


Monthly Expressive Arts Bulletin Board: You are welcome to advertise your upcoming trainings, workshops and online courses on the monthly bulletin board in the comments section as much as you like.


Monday Shares: If you would like your service, website or FB Page to be featured on the "Monday Shares" please email me your website link at shelley@expressiveartworkshops.com 


If you don't send me a personal request, please know that I am enjoying your participation, and will likely be featuring your work in an upcoming Monday feature.


You can see a frequently updated list of the Monday Shares HERE


Please facilitate our group learning process by posting:


1. Photos of your arts programs (with your participants' permission) and arts directives along with a few words about your facilitation process.


2. Questions to the group about how to better facilitate your art program.


3. Inspiring quotes and articles that support and encourage the facilitation of the expressive arts.


4. Personal sharing of your own expressive art, materials and process so that others can enrich their facilitation practice with your methods.


5. The process of how you market, name and structure your workshops.


6. Books, videos and learning opportunity recommendations as related to the enrichment of your arts facilitation practice.


7. Support related to facilitation ethics, group safety, group dynamics, confidentiality etc. Please share posts only related to expressive arts facilitation. 


8. Celebrations of your successes and wins related to your expressive arts facilitation.

Differences Between Expressive Arts Facilitation and Art Therapy

I offer this article to delineate the difference between expressive arts facilitation and art therapy - as this debate is not the purpose of our support group.


This is a non-hierarchical support group for expressive arts facilitators to share ideas and encourage one another. Posts that monitor the other facilitators in this group will be removed. 


For more answers to your questions please read my blog post called Differences Between Expressive Arts Facilitation and Art Therapy. Click HERE to read. 

My Path Into Expressive Arts Facilitation

In the spirit of friendship, I share my intuitive approach to expressive arts facilitation, with thanks to artist/facilitator Addie Hirschten for inviting me to speak on her podcast! Listen HERE.

Finding the Courage to Teach

I had the pleasure of chatting with Alison Palmer about teaching from the heart. 


Here is what Alison and I shared in our Creative Conversation:


1. How trying to fit into existing standards (our own overly high standards or others) can squash our true heart-teaching.

2. How we can heal our emotional pain while also stepping forward with our "true-heart" teaching at the same time.

3. How to continue to share and teach even when we feel afraid.

4. How we each have something unique to teach based on our own emotional healing process.

5. How to originate our own teaching from the "inside" of our life experience.


In our chat, I share a personal story about how I moved some deep fear in my own journey as a facilitator of the expressive arts!


Please click HERE to join this no-fee support group!


This is a support group for the encouragement and cross-pollination of peers from all stages of practice in expressive arts facilitation.